Ag News

Cash cheese and nonfat dry milk held steady while butter gained two cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  One unfilled bid set the new butter price.  Class III futures drifted a bit lower on the lack of activity in the cheese market. More than 10.7 billion pounds of milk was received from Federally-pooled producers in March, 7 percent less than a year ago.  33 percent of the milk went to Class I utilization, 15 percent was Class II, 36 percent went into Class III use and 16 percent was for Class IV.  The weighted average statistical uniform price was...
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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is extending the public comment period for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) interim rule until May 28th.  The original deadline was Tuesday, April 28th. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP, a voluntary program designed to help landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands.  The program encourages farmers and ranchers and non-industrial private forest landowners to keep their land in agricultural use through easements.  The rule also helps restore critical wetlands on private and tribal lands through a wetland reserve easement component.  While retaining many of the standards of...
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China’s dairy imports continue to decline.  In March, whole milk powder imports totaled 80 million pounds, half of what the Chinese bought a year ago and the lowest March number since 2010.  Skim milk powder imports were down nearly 38 percent, butter purchases dropped 35 percent, cheddar cheese and whey product imports were also below a year ago. New Zealand has the lion’s share of China’s milk powder business: 78 percent of skim milk powder and 99 percent of the whole milk powder.  The U.S. share of the business dropped from 14 percent a year-ago to just 4 percent this March. HighGround...
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No change in the avian influenza status in Wisconsin.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says as of Monday, still 6 infected farms in the state.  All six sites have been depopulated and composting is underway or complete.  The first round of surveillance sampling has been completed in the first three sites.  It will begin soon at the other three. So far, 985,000 chickens and 303,800 turkeys have been affected by the virus in Wisconsin. The post No new avian influenza cases in Wisconsin appeared first on http://brownfieldagnews.com.      
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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